The Dark Origins of Halloween


JON KANEKO-JAMES, of Boo Tours, takes a special look at the origins of Halloween – the night the dead come back to haunt the living


HalloweenTHERE is no single Halloween. The name itself, Halloween, comes from Hallowtide, also sometimes called Hallowmass, encompassing the festivals of All Souls’ on the 31st of October and All Saints on the 1st of November.

The ancient Celts celebrated it for three days before and after the part of the year that is now November 1st, and the Elizabethans observed Hallowtide from October 31st to just after November 5th, eventually all but combining the whole thing with their celebrations of bonfire night. But even that isn’t the whole story.

Author: Jon Kaneko-James

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